In the city of Calgary you can start a business by going down to city hall and filling out an application. While you are there you can explain to them the type of business you want to start and the location of the business. If you live outside of the city of Calgary you will need a license that allows you to work within the city limits.
If you are going to run a business from a shop then you will need an occupancy permit. This will require different inspectors to come to your place of business to make sure that it is safe for you, your employees and your clients or other visitors.
Each year you will have to renew you business license.
Every type of business has a different cost with a city of Calgary business license. If you are going to be running your business from home you will be required to get a home business license on top of the regular license. This is a one time fee and not annual, but you should check in case there has been changes. If you live in central Alberta check Starting a Business in Red Deer, Alberta
If you plan on doing certain types of work you will need to get a license with the province of Alberta to perform that work. This requires a bond, insurance and the license. Check with consumer and corporate affairs to learn more. click here (link opens in a new window)
One of the most important points to starting any kind of business in Calgary is to get clients for your business. Check our services section for more information or check out the articles and reports sections of this website.